With the iPhone X, facial recognition is spreading throughout society. How does it work? What technologies enable it?
How do you look to a bee? A face shown through a “bee eye” camera.
A. Dyer and S. Williams (RMIT)
Bees and wasps can recognise people's faces – despite having less than one million brain cells, compared to 86,000 million brain cells that make up a human brain.
Uyghurs protesting against Chinese re-education camps in front of Parliament House in Adelaide this year.
The re-education centres are linked to a return to core Communist ideology under President Xi Jinping and party obsession with 'stability maintenance'.
Will facial recognition software make the world a safer place, as tech firms are claiming, or will it make the marginalized more vulnerable and monitored?
Facial recognition software is an Orwellian concept that will monitor and regulate the public. Most disturbing is the recent announcement by China to use it in school systems.
Students tested on their ability to tell whether two images were of the same person were wrong 30% of the time.
Same person or different person? Most people are extremely good at recognising faces of people they know well, but not so much strangers. See how well you perform on the tests in this story.
Should an algorithm try to guess what gender people are by how they look?
It can be unpleasant to be mistaken for someone of a different gender. When an algorithm does it secretly, it's even more concerning – especially for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
A federal court in San Francisco has ruled a class action brought by Facebook users in Illinois can go ahead.
In a major blow to Facebook, a judge has ruled that a class action can proceed. If similar actions are brought around the world, Facebook could face billions of dollars in damages.
Is this a face or a building?
Building features can be analyzed in the same way that facial recognition software works, revealing previously hidden elements of history.
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The government's plans to store our biometric data are currently going through parliament. The data could reveal more than we'd like to those who seek to access the information.
The film Wonder tells the story of a boy with severe facial defects.
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People with facial difference often develop strategies for smoothing over social awkwardness, such as ways of introducing the issue into conversation early or using humour to deflect attention.
Facial recognition software isn't ready for face-in-a-crowd applications. Specialist police officers are far superior at spotting criminals.
It's no surprise sheep can recognise people – their intelligence is often overlooked.
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
Treating video like a mutating gene could improve surveillance software.
The government doesn’t need a giant biometric database.
Governments must stop thinking that owning as much data as possible is the only way to protect national security and prevent crime.
Many more faces to be added to a national database, but will it make us any safer?
The COAG agreement to share our biometric data - including some photo ID - is an erosion of our privacy and will give people a false sense of comfort.
The key messages from Thursday’s COAG meeting were about co-operation and a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions.
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
If Facebook already knows how you feel from reading what you post, soon it will know from reading the expressions on your face.
Mapping a face is the starting point.
Computers are getting better at identifying people's faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.